December 9, 2022
I would like to address the public hearing that occurred on Tuesday evening by the Planning Commission. The time, place and agenda were posted as required in the newspaper and on our town website. People were encouraged to attend by others on social media days in advance. We have never before had as many people come to our civic center. Knowing there was a possibility of limited seating, I chose to stay home and listen remotely. I could hear the people complaining in the background about not being able to attend from inside the center, and that there were possibly a hundred people in the parking lot. A half-hour into the hearing, I decided to drive over to the civic center and waited with the crowd. Someone was nice enough to use their golf cart and played the audio from the meeting over their speakers so everyone could hear what was being said inside. During public comments, Chairman Truitt assured everyone, including those outside that they too would be given the opportunity to address the commission with their statements. Given the circumstance, I believe most everyone had a feeling of satisfaction with getting their points of view across. The commission did a commendable job.
It has been said on social media that I only provide “upbeat” items of interest and never anything controversial. This is true, but you should know that I by no means shy away from that which is controversial. As your mayor, I make it my duty to promote the town in the best light possible and in what is in the interest of the residents. I will admit, that in last week’s update, I forget about the upcoming public hearing, which was a very important event. A resident emailed me about it and I had our Public Information Officer post the hearing on the Facebook page immediately thereafter. I encourage all residents to come to the Council meeting on January 10, 2023, for the Planning Commission’s proposal and the first reading.
In the meantime, I hope to see you on Saturday at the Christmas Parade starting at 2 p.m. on Melody Lane, as it heads down Ocean Blvd, turns left on Surfside Drive, ending at Poplar Drive. There is limited seating so bring your portable chairs. We will be having many participants, so come and enjoy the fun. The “Christmas Movie in the Park” will be held at Martin Field at 6 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets.
It's also with sadness that we will be saying our goodbyes to Robert Blomquist, the Public Information Officer as he moves on to a new job on December 21. Thank you Rob for all your hard work. We wish you and your family Happy Holidays and all the best.
There is more ahead for the Holiday Celebrations:
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season…….
Stay safe, God Bless
Bob Hellyer - Mayor